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21 Awesome Things To Do In Melbourne This Weekend

By Megan Whitfield - 26 Apr 2018

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Well, the daily grind is nearly over, and the clock's telling you it's time to get out of that office and to start your weekend right now. We've even done the hard work for you and sussed out all the cool things happening this weekend. You're so lucky. 

Check it out, Melbourne: 21 awesome things to do this weekend.

All Weekend

Fashion Revolution Week

Guilt-free shopping! Spend to your heart's content. In conjunction with Ethical Clothing Australia, David Jones is hosting a Fashion Revolution Week. It's all about informing customers on where their clothes comes from and supporting fair wages and safe working conditions. With brands like Manning Cartell, Nobody Denim and Viktoria & Woods getting involved, you can feel as good as you look.

When: April 23—29 instore
Where: David Jones (various locations)
For more info, click here.

La Traviata | Opera Australia

How many of us have dreamed of having a Pretty Woman experience? Millionaire whisking us away? Um, yes please. Well, thanks to Opera Australia we can almost have that experience. By which we mean, witness the incredible opera Richard Gere used to woo Julia Roberts. That’s right, the world‑famous La Traviata is making its Australian debut right here in Melbourne. Don’t miss this breath-taking performance. (Note: millionaire arm-candy not guaranteed).

When: Till 11 May
Where: Arts Centre
For more info, click here.

Jazz Greats Weekend

Consider yourself a bit of a jazz afficianado, or just wanting to get into the genre? Take in the dulcet tones of some of Australia’s best jazz musicians at this weekend’s Jazz Greats Weekend, hosted by MLive. With performances from Megan Washington, Vince Jones rebooting 1940s classics and new perspectives of Elvis Presley presented by Joe Camilerri, Vika Bull and Paul Grabowksy, this is one you don’t want to miss. FYI: Blue suede shoes not necessary.

When: April 28—29, 7:30pm
Where: Robert Blackwood Hall, Monash Uni
For more info, click here.

Essential Baby & Toddler Show

Is there anything cuter than baby shoes? Feeling clucky, or overwhelmed by the wild world of parenting? This one's for you. The Essential Baby & Toddler show is back for another year, featuring more than 200 brands, seminars, and live performances to keep the little ones entertained (and distract them from putting whatever they can reach into their mouths...at least for a little while).

When: April 27—29
Where: Royal Exhibition Centre
For more info, click here

Ceramiques Free Workshops

Been wanting to take up a new hobby but not sure where to start? Why not get your hands a little dirty and test out your pottery skills? With free workshops running throughout April, there’s never been a better time to try your hand at wheel-throwing, hand building, or sculpting. Just refrain from recreating that scene from ghost. You know the one. Check it out at the brand new Ceramiques Elsternwick. 

When: April 26—27, times vary.
Where: Ceramiques, Elsternwick
For more info, click here.

Kikki.K Stationary Swap

Okay, so the laptop may be our go-to device at work, but does anything beat writing something out with a good quality pen? Fountain, ball point, fine liner…We’re stationery nerds and we love it. This weekend, Kikki.K is celebrating World Stationery Day by giving customers the chance for an ‘in with the new, out for the old’ stationary cleanse. Take in your old pen, and swap it for some fresh ink. For free. 

When: April 26—27
Where: Kikki.K stores
For more info, click here.

Flavours Of The West: A Spice Journey

Joining forces again, Highpoint Shopping Centre and social enterprise Free to Feed are hosting an immersive food event series that's all about celebrating diversity. This year, they’re focusing on South-East Asian and Middle Eastern food, with four passionate Free to Feed chefs throwing cooking classes for the public. Sample some delicious dishes as you learn about the history and traditions of this food. You’ll go home with a full tummy and a range of meals to show off to your friends next dinner party. Win/win.

When: April 28—29, 10am—2pm
Where: Highpoint Shopping Centre
For more info, click here.

Thursday 26 April

Devieous Disco

You know those times where you just need a bit of a boogie to get through to the weekend? Same. Fortunately, our friends at Evie’s Disco Diner have heard the discontented sighs from our desk, and gifted us with a weekly queer-friendly disco event. Prepare to get down to the best, obscure disco tunes in town tonight. Vegan hotdogs and good times are also on the cards.

When: April 26, 8pm—1am
Where: Evie’s Disco Diner, Fitzroy
For more info click here

Friday 27 April

The Field Revisited At NGV

Fifty years after it became the inaugural exhibition at the NGVs St Kilda Road premises, The Field is being brought back and recreated for contemporary audiences. Back in its debut, it launched the careers of numerous young Australian artists, from Sydney Ball to Peter Booth, so get in now to see the new minds behind the exhibition (and tell all your friends in years to come you ‘knew them before they were famous’). 

When: April 27- Aug 26
Where: NGV Fed Square, Lvl 3
For more info, click here.

Tumnus Share More Wear More

Used up all the clothes-swapping opportunities with your friends, but a wardrobe re-vamp not really a viable option RN? Tumnus have got your back covered (literally) with a pop-up shop in Collingwood. For their opening night, mingle with other fashion-minded individuals, and swap up to 5 pieces of clothing for 5 weeks with your new pals.  

When: 27 April, 7pm
Where: 180 Johnston St, Collingwood
For more info, click here.

Robert Hunter At NGV

Time for a culture hit. The NGV’s most recent exhibition celebrates the work of influential Australian artist, Robert Hunter. With a career spanning just under 50 years, and being one of only a couple of Australian artists to work at the centre of an international art movement, there’s no doubt he’s impressive. Check out some of his finest work at NGV, testing the limits of visual perception.  

When: April 27—26 Aug, 10am—5pm
Where: NGV, Fed Square
For more info, click here.

Live Blues At Beneath Driver Lane

Craving a dose of live music, but budget not quite stretching that far at the moment? Never fear—we've got the event for you. Our mates at Beneath Driver Lane are hosting a night of underground Blues tunes, with a rotating roster of three artists. Nice. Make sure to try their famous three-cheese toastie with bourbon bechamel. Outstanding. 

When: April 27, 9pm—12am
Where: Beneath Driver Lane, 2/12 Driver Ln, CBD
For more info, click here.

Saturday 28 April

Melbourne Vixens Vs Magpies Netball Showdown

Fired up after the Commonwealth games, Melbourne’s two netball teams are set to face off in round one of the Suncorp Super Netball season for 2018. Choose where your Melburnian loyalties lie and get down for what is sure to be an epic start to the season.

When: April 28, 3pm
Where: Hisense arena
For more info, click here

‘Hair Of The Dog’ Brunches At Pontoon

Ah yes, the hair of the dog. A tried and true method of, at the very least, delaying the pain and regret of a hangover. Over in St Kilda, the folks at Pontoon are ready to help our pounding heads and growling stomachs with a series of breakfast cocktails and recovery brunch dishes, starting this weekend. Order yourself a Sriracha and candied bacon Bloody Mary and some spixy baked eggs and let the memories of last night come flashing back in a judgement-free environment.

When: April 28, 11am—2pm
Where: Pontoon, St Kilda
For more info, click here.

Sunday 29 April

Bingo Academy at Tokyo Tina’s

Boozy brunch with a side of bingo—what better way to wrap up the weekend (or get the strength to recover from Saturday night)? Starting this weekend, Tokyo Tina is filling our glasses with bottomless Aperol Spritz, beer and bubbles, our stomachs with their ‘all in’ Japanese feast, and our brains with bingo. You can certainly count us in.

When: April 29, 12—2pm, 2pm—4pm
Where: Tokyo Tina, Windsor
For more info, click here.

Kong BBQ: ‘Chef-Napped’ Series

There’s been a kidnapping at Kong BBQ, and it’s up to you to save head-chef Duncan Welgemoed from unsavoury fate. He’s been taken ransom by Benjamin Cooper of the Lucas Group, and the only way to save him is to devour all seven courses of this special Kong/Africola menu (cocktails included). They sure are asking a lot—but hey, in the name of heroism…

When: April 29, 12pm, 6pm, 8:30pm
Where: Church St Richmond
For more info, click here.

Make Your Own Kombucha At Preston Market

Wanting to embrace kombucha but still not fully sure what it is? Just me? Well, here’s your chance, with Preston Market’s crash-course on everything kombucha, from the health benefits to how to make it. PLUS, free samples. Did we need to say anything else, really?

When: April 29, 10am—11:15am
Where: Preston Market
For more info, click here.

For The Diary

Cumulus Inc’s Icon Series Dinner

It’s been 10 tasty years at Cumulus Inc, and to celebrate they’re putting together a one-night-only tasting menu, honouring Melbourne’s best produce. It’s a four-course dinner showing off owner Andrew McConnell’s favourite dishes, with matched wines. Um, yum. Tickets are going fast, but there's still a few spots up for grabs. Bookings through 9650 1445 or [email protected]

When: Monday April 30, 6—10pm
Where: Cumulus Inc, Melbourne
For more info click here.

Rocky Road Festival

Messing with an Aussie classic can lead you down a rocky road, but that’s exactly what the Yarra Valley and Great Ocean Road Chocolateries are striving to do. That’s right, the Rocky Road Festival is back, and bringing 31 different flavours of this iconic treat. With names like Cookie Monster, Wasabi Samurai and Peanut Satay, it’s safe to say we’re curious. The festival runs all of May. 

When: May 1—31, 9am—5pm
Where: Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie
For more info click here.

Connor’s Run

It’s a marathon that’s more fun than run, and that’s something we can get on board with. All about celebrating awesomeness and courage, this marathon is Australia’s biggest event for pediatric brain cancer, and supports the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation. Run, walk, skip, dance—this one isn’t about winning. There’s coffee and yoga to kick things off, and DJs, bands and more to celebrate crossing that finish line. Sounds pretty good to us.

When: September 16
Where: Hampton & St Kilda (check the site for start locations) 
For more info click here.

Cocktail Collective Dinner

In the mood for a margarita or two (or three)? Garden State Hotel are collaborating with some of this fine country’s best spirit distillers in a Cocktail Collective Dinner to bring you thirsty guests five delicious courses from their award-winning chef, and a paired cocktail. Nice one.

When: May 2, 6pm
Where: Garden State Hotel
For more info click here.

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Image credit: Annika Kafcaloudis

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